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Virginia Actions for Third Anniversary of Iraq War

Join the action as Virginia turns up the anti-war heat. The fight to stop the U.S. 's imperialist endeavors continues and won't be stopped! It's up to each and every one of us to bring out as many people to these actions to stop the outrage! Listed below are numerous events planned around the Commonwealth of Virginia in connection with the 3rd Anniversary of the US Invasion of Iraq.
ASHLAND (March 20-21):

Monday, 20 March: 9:15 p.m., southern end of campus, at the war memorial plaza in between Old Chapel, Thomas Branch Hall, and Peele Hall: candlelight vigil to honor those killed in Iraq. Presented by R-MC (Randolph-Macon College) Against the Occupation.

Tuesday, 21 March: all day, in front of the library along Henry Street: mock cemetery honoring those killed in Iraq. Over 2,200 small wooden crosses will be in the ground, one for each American who has died in Iraq. There also will be crosses for the 203 "coalition forces" deaths, plus a sign explaining why we couldn't manage to make all the markers necessary for the over 30,000 Iraqi civilians who have died. Information table as well. Presented by R-MC Against the Occupation For further information, contact: Michael Fischbach (752-7234)


Monday, March 13, 7 p.m. - Town Hall Forum (McLeod Auditorium - UVA School of Nursing). Speakers include ... Eman Ahmad Khamas (Iraqi journalist, activist living in Baghdad, defends women's rights, documents crimes committed by U.S. and Iraqi forces); Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski (retired from Office of the Sec. of Defense on Near East South Asia Policy, outspoken critic of the Pentagon's pre-war propaganda development); Ray McGovern (veteran Army officer and retired 27-year CIA analyst, Co-Founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, witness at Congressional hearings on Downing Street Minutes); Gael Murphy (cofounder of CODE PINK-Women for Peace, Board of Dir. International Occupation Watch Center, Steering Committee United for Peace and Justice); David Swanson (cofounder of After Downing Street, Board member of Progressive Democrats of America, Washington Director of Democrats.com and Impeach PAC. Charlottesville resident); Tia Steele (member of Gold Star Families Speak Out, mother of U.S. soldier killed in Iraq); Al Weed (Congressional candidate in Virginia's 5th district, Veteran, opposes the Iraq war). There will be a Question and Answer period, following the above speakers. $5 suggested donation, no one turned away.

Wednesday, March 15, 7 p.m. - Film "Operation Dreamland" (Wilson Hall 301- UVA) A documentary about a group of U.S. soldiers in Fallujah. Iraq will be shown.

Monday, March 20, 4 p.m. - March for Peace and Impeachment! (Rotunda to Downtown) March beginning at the Rotunda - University of Virginia - at 4 p.m. and proceeding to the Freedom of Expression Wall on the Downtown Mall near City Hall for a rally.

New yard signs will be for sale. We will also be circulating two petitions. One To Impeach Bush & Cheney and one to Bring the Troops Home Now.

Sponsored by: The Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice www.charlottesvillepeace.org). For more information please contact Sarah at 961-6278 or 456-6028 (lanzbrod@cstone.net).


Thursday, March 16 1:30-2:30 p.m., An Anti-war Rally will be held on the University of Mary Washington campus, located at 1300 College Ave. The protest will be in front of Monroe Hall, by the fountain, and will call for an end to the war in Iraq. Troops Home NOW!

RICHMOND (March 17-19):

Friday, March 17 12 p.m., Larry Syverson will hold his 200th vigil to protest the Iraq War in front of the Federal Building (10th and Main Street) in downtown Richmond. Larry is a member of Military Families Speak Out and has two sons who have served in the Iraq War. The vigil is held over the lunch hour (12-1PM). Everyone is invited to join Larry. Bring a sign if you have one.

Saturday, March 18, Richmond's Moth Squad, a local organization focused on ending domestic and sexual violence, plans to present street theater at various locations around the city, drawing parallels between violence at home with military aggression abroad. Times and locations to be announced. Contact MothSquad@riseup.net for more information.

Sunday, March 19: 3 p.m.The Virginia Anti-War Network (VAWN) and Richmond Peace Education Center (RPEC) are planning a rally, march & vigil to commemorate the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The afternoon's program will begin at Monroe Park (Main & Belvidere Sts.) at 3PM. Organizers plan a rally at the park, featuring speakers and musical performances, followed by a march (at 5PM), and an interdenominational vigil (back at Monroe Park at approx. 6PM) timed with the start of the war.

For more information on Richmond events planned for the 3rd Anniversary of the Iraq War, please contact the Virginia Antiwar Network (call Garrie at 804-512-2063 or send email to VAWN@mattaponi.com) or the Richmond Peace Education Center(804-232-1002).

STAUNTON (March 18-27):

Saturday, March 18 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm., Anti-war demonstration in front of Augusta County Courthouse, corner of Johnson and Lewis Streets.

Monday March 27 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm., Film on Fallujah, performance reading from "Baghdad Burning", speech by Iraq war veteran, and forum led by Mary Baldwin College professors, Francis Auditorium in Pearce Science building, Mary Baldwin College.

Some tabling in Staunton, Fishersville and Waynesboro is planned for the week of March 20th as volunteers are available. Sponsored by the Augusta Coalition for Peace and Justice (the Religion and Philosophy Department of Mary Baldwin College is co-sponsoring the College event). For further information, contact Hunter Mabry, mabry@cfw.com, 540/943-5682.

TIDEWATER (March 8-20):

Wednesday, March 8 we will process with our coffins, signs, and letter to Thelma Drake's office at 4772 Euclid Rd. in Virginia Beach. We will meet by 2:20 pm at Tom Palumbo's house at 404 Declaration Rd.(from 264 take north Independence Blvd. exit toward Pembroke, cross Virginia beach Blvd, left on Jeanne St., right on Declaration). We'll leave by 2:30 and be back by 4 pm. For voting records on war and peace issues, see peacemajority.org and look at rankings. Thelma's record is dreadful.

Saturday, March 11, our vigil at busy intersections will find itself in Virginia Beach. We will meet on Virginia beach Blvd. on the side of Town Center, between independence and Barrett (from 264 take north Independence exit toward Pembroke. Right on Va. beach blvd., people will be on that block on the right.)

Sunday, March 19, Fayetteville, NC anti-war march and rally on 3rd anniversary of invasion of Iraq. There will not be a bus going, but there will be vans--there are still seats available for $35 per seat. email Jerry Tenney at jthebear@yahoo.com to reserve your seat.

Monday, March 20, the Winter of Our Discontent campaign ends in DC with a march and civil disobedience at the Pentagon. to carpool email me or all the catholic Worker 423-5420. For recent civil disobedience in DC during the campaign go to www.jonahhouse.org.

For more information contact Ann (striveclear@yahoo.com) or Star (starwomanspirit@yahoo.com).

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